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Skirmish at Haguewood Prairie

In late September 1863, Confederate Col. J.O. Shelby's cavalry headed north to raid into Missouri. On Sept. 27, 1863, Shelby's scouts found Co. H, 1st Arkansas Infantry (U.S.) camped at Haguewood Prairie near present-day Paris. The Union troops fell back into heavy timber as Shelby attacked. The Confederate veterans and Union volunteers skirmished for two hours before the fight ended. The Union troops, many recruited in Johnson and Franklin counties, lost 2 men killed and 28 captured. The Confederates suffered 10 soldiers killed and 8 wounded.

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